The Developmental Psychobiology Lab’s (DPB lab) research focuses on early life influences on development. During pregnancy and the early postnatal years, environmental factors are more likely to exert programming, or long-term, effects on the child’s development. Our lab’s research includes three lines: first, influences of prenatal maternal mental wellbeing on children’s health and behavioural development; second, development of the physiological stress system in children, and its relation to behavioural and emotional regulation and physical health. And third, the development of the intestinal microbiota and its relation to children’s health, behavioural and emotion regulation, and physiological stress system.


Latest news
  • Summer School 12-16 July 2021
    You can now apply for the next edition of our 1-week summer school on Early Programming from 12 to 16 July 2021! This highly interactive course looks into a broad range of exciting and recently discovered environmental factors and…
  • Much media attention for the latest DPB lab paper
    The newest publication from the DPB lab, about anxious or depressed feelings during pregnancy, gained a lot of attention from the (social) media! We are very pleased to see this because the paper is about a very important topic that needs…
  • How to help pregnant women with anxious or depressed feelings?
    A relatively large number of pregnant women (22%) experience anxious or depressed feelings during pregnancy, while relatively few of those women are treated for those symptoms (15%). The majority of women with anxious or depressed feelings regard these feelings…
  • Virtual lab visit with UC Davis and University of Zurich
    The Developmental Psychobiology lab hosted a unique lab visit from two international research groups, on December 15, led by Dr. Camelia Hostinar (UC Davis, California, US) and Prof. Dr. Nora Raschle (University of Zurich, CH). This initiative is a…